About

Los Angeles native Sonia Ochoa has become one of the most sought after dance instructors and performers today.
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Sonia Ochoa dancing in Tokyo, Japan

Her ever expanding curiosity and passion for dance led her to tour with companies of various genres, featuring her as a lead dancer and contributing choreographer, most notably with the world-renowned Bellydance Superstars, putting her on the map as one of the top performers in the  belly dance scene.  In recent years, Sonia has shifted her focus by devoting much of her time and energy toward a more concentrated and deeper practice, broadening her dance repertoire.

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Sonia Ochoa dancing with the Bellydance Superstars 2002-2010

After acquiring a solid foundation in classical ballet, she became well-versed in a host of dance forms such as Polynesian, Latin, Middle-Eastern, Persian, and contemporary, equipping her with an extensive versatility and influencing the development of her own unique style.  Of Mexican descent, she looked to further explore her roots through music and dance by joining Los Angeles-based Ballet Folklórico del Pacífico, now known as Pacífico Dance Co.  Sonia also visits India yearly to fully immerse herself in classical Indian dance studies under the guidance of top Odissi teachers such as Sujata Mohapatra and Colleena Shakti.  She also spends several months a year training in flamenco and classical spanish dance with L.A.’s Roberto Amaral, as well as Madrid’s top instructors including La Truco, Concha Jareño, Antonio Reyes Maya, and Carmela Greco. 

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Sonia Ochoa studying Odissi, classical Indian dance, with Sujata Mohapatra and Colleena Shakti. Here rehearsing for the Pushkar Festival held by Shakti School of Dance

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Sonia Ochoa studying flamenco at Amor de Dios, Madrid, Spain

Sonia recently added Vinyasa Krama Yoga to her repertoire, studying under the tutelage of Guru Srivatsa Ramaswami, a direct descendent of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. A serious yoga student, she integrates and promotes regular practice as a method of conditioning and preparing the dancer’s body and mind.

Sonia Ochoa and Srivatsa Ramaswami, Aug 2014 Vinyasa Krama Yoga Teacher Training

Sonia Ochoa and Srivatsa Ramaswami, Loyola Marymount University, Aug 2014. Completing 200-hour Vinyasa Krama yoga teacher training. 

Sonia continues to train in Los Angeles and overseas amidst her busy performance and workshops schedule.

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Sonia Ochoa practicing Vinyasa Krama Yoga Photo by Chad Goei

http://www.SoniaOchoa.com

3 thoughts on “About”

  1. you are great! you inspired me to take dance lessons. Do you ever come to nyc? I would love to have classes with you!
    Not only you are a great dancer but a good person too from what I read about you! a great pleasure to have seen your art !

    Sincerely,
    Cecilia Deutsch

  2. I am from Brazil and also loved to dance samba, but never had any dance classes. I posted some of your videos on my
    facebook and shared.

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